Every day, there are multitudes of blessings to be thankful for. On this day, a long-awaited blessed event took place. Alissa gave birth to Anna Joy. Because of the two major heart defects Anna was born with, she underwent two surgeries immediately following. I am sharing the family photo and post-surgery blog posting from Alissa's family because I know so many of you have been concerned about and saying prayers for Alissa, her husband Matt, their son Isaac, and their newborn daughter, Anna Joy.
"Anna is out of surgery. The doctors were able to do the three things they were hoping to do. Anna's pulmonary veins are very abnormal, making it difficult for her lungs to function. She has been put on an ECMO machine which will act as her heart and lungs while her heart and lungs try to heal. Please pray that Anna's body will react positively to the help she received in surgery, and that the ECMO machine causes no damage. Please also pray for Matt and Alissa...that they will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding."
You can go to their blog . . . www.babyannajoy.blogspot.com to keep up with Anna Joy's progress. You may also see news of her birth and special medical attention on the local news; I just did on King 5's 10 p.m. newscast on KONG-TV.
We're back after a marathon return flight schedule. We were to depart Paris on a non-stop flight to Seattle that would be approximately 11 hours of flight time in Economy Premier seating, arriving around 12 noon local PST. Our actual total flying and lay-over time combined made our day 27 hours long by the time we made it home.
The airline changed our connecting flight from Milan to Paris before we left. That change, coupled with a delay on the Milan-Paris flight by 20 minutes, caused us to miss the connecting flight home. The plane was still at the gate but they would not allow us to board, along with approx. 25+ other passengers.
We had to wait another 3 hours for a flight to Detroit, with a scheduled 3 hour layover for a connecting flight to Seattle not in premium seating that we had paid for. The flight to Detroit was an hour late getting in and by the time we went through customs, re-checked our luggage, and went through security again, we had less than an hour to board the final flight. And they could not upgrade our seating; however, they were able to seat us together.
Our flight landed around 10:00 p.m., 25 hours later from our departure in Milan. We arrived at the parking lot to find the battery in Tom's key fob had expired after some investigative work and another hour trying to figure it out. Luckily I had brought my car keys and because both cars are from the same manufacturer, we were able to change out my key battery with Tom's. We arrived home after midnight. Needless to say, I was able to go to bed without reading and fall asleep almost immediately for the first time in I don't know how many months.
And now we've received an email from Air France apologizing for the flight delays yesterday. Luckily, that email will be replied to by me; if my husband utters "Air France" or even hears that airline name again, he is going to explode.
During the flight, I discovered another feature on my camera . . .
|somewhere over the Atlantic south of Iceland I see a reflection of the sun|
|somewhere over a large bay in northeastern Canada|
|coming into Detroit, Michigan around 5:00 p.m., EST|
I was in the store just before closing tonight and saw some more beautiful new card samples and a special paper crafting project by Marj. My camera wasn't with me so I'll take those pics tomorrow and post them.
In the meantime, check this out from Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs:
"Gold Embossed Shimmer Sheetz and played with the Black and Gold Staz On
untill I had the result I liked. Slightly sanded at the end."
"Gold Shimmer Sheetz, embossed with two different embossing folders and used a sanding block which makes the dots pop up even more"
"Gold Embossed Shimmer Sheetz, alcohol inks and rubbed over the Shimmer
with the black Staz On"
"Gold Shimmer Sheetz, embossed and rub over the piece with the black Staz On.
This will take you one minute!"
Tomorrow is another day. I am reacquainting myself with these very cold temperatures that feels colder because it is more damp. We've been reunited with Hannah and we love watching her tail wag when she sees us because she's happy to be home as well.